The most outstanding entrepreneurs aged 35 or under behind Britain’s fastest growing firms have been recognised in Growing Business’ annual Young Guns 'Class of 2017' index. The 2017 class is made up of 40 entrepreneurs behind 30 of the UK’s most promising businesses which have achieved revenues of at least £1m and/or raised over £1m in funding.
Making a difference by investing heavily in talent, innovation and infrastructure, the 30 businesses have helped to create some 1,210 jobs and generate an average turnover of £6.8m – nearly £3m more than the average turnover of businesses in the Young Guns Class of 2016.
Now in its 15th year, the Young Guns index is renowned for identifying emerging business success stories and has previously recognised fledgling companies started by the likes of Will Shu of Deliveroo, Holly Tucker MBE of Notonthehightstreet.com, Michael Acton Smith OBE of Firebox.com and Mind Candy, Tom Valentine of Secret Escapes, and the co-founders of Kano, Appear Here, PROPERCORN and graze– to name just a few.
“As we transition through uncertain political and economic times, it’s the measure of these young businessmen and women that they are inspiring their employees, their investors, and the next generation of entrepreneurs. Be sure of one thing, collectively they will drive UK enterprise forward with ingenuity and conviction for years to come.” Ian Wallis, editorial director of Growing Business and Startups.co.uk
Celebrated at an awards luncheon held at the prestigious Kensington Roof Gardens, the Class of 2017 join an alumni group which will contain the founders of more than 450 businesses named since the Young Guns awards began in 2003. For more information on the Young Guns programme please click here or view Jacyn’s Young Gun’s profile. To follow the action on Twitter check out #YoungGuns.